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Dark Star Orchestra Live at McCarter Theatre on 2009-11-16

set 1/Disc 1
1. tuning
2. The Promised Land
3. Sugaree
4. Mexicali Blues >
5. Mama Tried
6. Stagger Lee
7. Looks Like Rain
8. Deal

set 2/Disc 2
1. tuning
2. I Need A Miracle
3. Brown-Eyed Women
4. Estimated Prophet >
5. The Other One >
6. Eyes Of The World >

Set 2/Disc 3
1. Drums >
2. Space >
3. If I Had The World To Give >
4. Iko-Iko
5. Around & Around
6. crowd
7. encore: U.S. Blues
8. filler: On The Road Again

Collection DarkStarOrchestra
Band/Artist Dark Star Orchestra
Venue McCarter Theatre
Location Princeton, NJ

Source Schoeps MSTC64G > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Lineage Sound Forge 6.0 (resample, dither, fades) > CD Wave > flac16
Taped by Keith Greener
Transferred by Keith Greener


*performing Red Rocks, 08/30/78*

recordist : Keith Greener /
Location : ROB, RoCM ~5'(right of Cotter Michaels) on 6.5' stand
Mic Config : Schoeps MSTC64G ortf stereo mic
Source : Schoeps MSTC64G > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod)
Record Format: 24-bit, 44.1 kHz
Conversion : R-44 > usb > PC
Edit : Sound Forge 6.0 (resample, fades)
Track : CD-Wave


Reviewer: myhungryhippo - - December 30, 2009
Subject: pretty cool scene that night
loose times, tight security...

crowd was ready to blast off, but seemed like we only simmered

great sounding AUD
Reviewer: tommyboy14 - - November 24, 2009
Subject: Jeff
I agree with everyone else.... I was at this show and it was a magical night. I said to my wife that these guys played us the perfect show! They were so in synch that is was ridiculous to be a fan there and I had the best seats in the house. Thanx so much for the great audio of this amzing show.

I also was a bit bummed that John wouldn't be there and also not to worried about Jeff from watching a few vids of him. They are still my favorite live band and probably with Jeff even more!
Reviewer: bomberman - - November 22, 2009
Subject: Blown Far Away
I must admit that when I first realized that John wasn't playing the gig I was a little apprehensive. But knowing the caliber of musicians the DSO have access to I figured it would still be a good show. Holy Shit! I never thought it would be one of the best yet. I (and the whole theatre) was blown far away! As stated previously, the energy level was through the roof and on several occasions the crowd erupted in approval.

The Sugaree, Miracle, and Est>TOO>Eyes were unbelievable. If you were there, you know what I mean, if not, give a listen. You'll agree.

And I'll give yet another big "thank you" to Keith for this beautiful recording. I was immediately looking and hoping someone would post this show. The sound is great, the show is even better. I can't wait till they're back in town again.

We are so lucky that someone keeps the Grateful Dead experience alive and in such magnificent fashion! DSO, keep on truckin'!

5 stars all the way, are you kidding??

Reviewer: Randi - - November 21, 2009
Subject: What Energy!
I was at this show and the energy level just sizzled! This great recording captured it all. The Estimated> TOO> Eyes and If I Had the World To Give were off the hook. Thanks to the band and thanks to Keith for the recording that I can play any time I like!
Reviewer: garquia - - November 21, 2009
Subject: allright
Not bad, Jeff is a good players, but not as good as JK. The problem with DSO now is that vocally they sound nothing like the Dead. So now they kind of blend into that mold of all the other 50 or so Gd cover bands. Before with JK they sounded legit because of his playing and singing. Rob is a great player but doesnt sound anything like Weir ( vocally) and Jeff sounds nothing like Garcia.
But, its his first show and I give them credit for still playing there hearts out and giving new generations a chance to live the experience.
Reviewer: eggcream - - November 20, 2009
Subject: OH SHIT!
I have seen DSO a number of times and I ADORE John Kadlecik but, Jeff Mattson's playing has given DSO an energy that I haven't seen in a long time.
The music flows while you have an enormous smile on your face that you can't seem to wipe off!
It's stuff like this that makes life grand!
Eye's is the BEST I've ever heard with DSO.
Thank you so much for doing this for all of us.
Peace to you and yours....
Reviewer: dead-head_Monte - - November 19, 2009
Subject: DSO's GD energy is captured beautifully
DSO was recently playing here in Fort Collins at The Aggie Theatre, about 2 months ago. It's around the corner from my place. I walked by The Aggie that day when the crew was busy unloading the 18-wheeler's semi, and the trailer towed by DSO's bus. I asked one guy if the boys planned on playing Sugaree, my fav tune. One guy said they don't give setlists in advance.

I listened to this Sugaree yesterday. Many of my favorite "club" tunes are played in this show. I also listened to them: Promised Land, Mexicali Blues, Deal, Around & Around. All are played wonderfully. The Grateful Dead's intended energy is demonstrated quite well in this recording. As an old Taper - and a Dead-Head, I must also mention how proud and appreciative I am of the excellent job done by Keith Greener. Great Taping, and peace to you, my brother. 4 strong stars for the band and this admirable and lovely performance. Only GD would get 5 stars from me. One more thing, "turn UP Phil!" [bass]
Reviewer: ScarletBegonias - - November 18, 2009
Subject: Awesome Show!!
First off, A big Thank You to Keith Greener for the FINE recording of this FINE show and putting it on Archive so quickly.
This was Jeff Mattson's first show with DSO and he didn't dissapoint! The whole show smoked right out of the gates with a 'jam' packed Promised Land. You know you are in for a great show! A few highlights would include a gorgeous Sugaree, Looks Like Rain and a rockin' Deal to close the first set! Second set had a smokin' Eyes, let me repeat that...A smokin 'Eyes of the World', a nice surprise of 'If I had a World to Give'.
Awesome show from DSO and again many thanks to Keith!
Reviewer: R.L. Hargis - - November 18, 2009
Subject: As good as it gets...
This is a mighty fine sounding recording of a mighty fine show. Great setlist recreated to perfection... The jam in Sugaree alone makes it worth the download, and even if verse 3 was sung second and verse 2 was sung third, it just doesn't matter... Then there's the second set which was chock full of goodies, capped off by an inspired reading of "If I Had the World To Give", a tune the Dead only played thrice. It's good. Damn good. Check it out...
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